Anyone who has seen Stalker should have no problem envisioning each image the author describes, from key moments to seemingly extraneous, lingering shots that give the movie its texture.
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Likewise, the joy of reading Zona is watching as relatively straightforward passages slowly tilt off their axes into blissfully esoteric ruminations that are as amusing as they are unexpectedly poignant. At times it feels as if Dyer is not so much writing a book as jotting down his notes, making annotations as if leaving reminders for himself, not a reader.
By the same token, this approach allows him to offer an intimate take on a scene that avoids dry academia for a passionate insight into the film and, no less often, the author. My favorite moment of the whole book, in fact, is only tangentially related to Stalker. The new location was downriver from a chemical plant — exposure to the toxic runoff may have contributed to the cancer that killed Tarkovsky a decade later.
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Invalid email address. This is precisely why we should be grateful for writers like Dyer, and books like this. In a droll admission, Dyer likens himself to Writer, who wants to go to the Zone to find inspiration:. Man, I know how he feels.
I could do with a piece of that action myself. I mean, do you think I would be spending my time summarising the action of a film almost devoid of action—not frame by frame, perhaps, but certainly take by take—if I was capable of writing about anything else?
Of course, this is merely a conceit. Dyer has written across several genres, often blurring the lines between them. He can write about anything, or nothing.
In fact, he can turn what is for other authors a non-subject into a subject. Lawrence, turned out to become a memoir of his failed attempt to write a study about Lawrence.
Admirably, he has made himself an exception to many rules. There are a lot of cultural references to swallow in Zona , and I found many of them alienating, simply because I am not as well read or as exposed to films, and because some of them happened before my time. She made over the website and introduced new developmental and editorial features to strengthen Litro 's online presence.